Prescription Without Diagnosis is Malpractice

You see it all the time, Name any symptom and someone will tell you how to fix it. I see it in our healthcare system and I am sure you do to. Take this drug to address this symptom. Then the add is followed by a list of side effects. I was wondering , Are […]

Cause & Effect, Home Improvments may cause damage

Radiant-Barrier

I recently went to a home and garden show and was surprised at how many products were being sold as a cure all. Claims of reducing energy costs, never paint again and more were heard over and over. I asked a few of the people at the show about the drawbacks of their products and […]

Lowering the Home Inspection Bar

Comparison between ASHI and Arizona Certified Inspectors

10 years ago, I competent real estate agent would not refer a home inspector unless they were a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) or NAHI (The National Association of Home Inspectors)
Then it happened, states began regulating home inspectors and other associations popped up that allowed inspectors to take an online test and be able to use a logo. No experience required, simply send in your dues.

Suddenly agents decided that getting someone that is state certified was enough.
But is it?

Why have a New Home Inspection in Phoenix?

Have Home Inspection during construction

Why inspect New/newer construction?
I’m frequently and told by others that the home is new so I don’t need to have an inspection or “The city already inspected it, so I don’t need another inspection.
Here are some facts you may not know.
Municipal inspections happen at different stages, before the foundation is placed, framing and plumbing as well as electrical are frequently done at the same time but it is not uncommon for the builder to make changes after these inspections. Then the inspector returns and sees the work completed if it hasn’t already been covered by drywall. Many times there are no utilities to the home when the building inspector gives their final OK, yet people assume that the home is fine

Common AZ Home Inspection Defects

AZ Home Inspector Finds open junction box

Sometimes when I perform a home inspection the buyers (and/or sellers) freak out over every little issue. Lets face it Homes are built by imperfect beings and almost all of them have some type of problem.

We have put together this list of common defects found during our Arizona Home inspections as a tool to inform clients of common deficiencies that may be found during the inspection.

Virtual Home Inspection

Virtual AZ Home Inspection ASHI Home Inspector

There’s a link on the American Society of Home Inspectors website that gives a good idea of what is inspected during a home inspection. Here’s the link if you’d like to take a tour and see what to expect during an inspection.

Poking fun at home inspectors

Here are a couple of videos that have fun while showing some of the problems with the hole inspection profession

Do I need to Flush out or drain my water heater?

Water heater drawing

Many of my home inspection customers ask about the need to flush out their water heater due to the hard water we have here in the Phoenix area.
So the question is “Should you drain and flush your water heater?”

My answer is maybe.

Why does my water smell? By Phoenix home Inspector

Smelly Water

Why Does My Water Smell Like Rotten Eggs?

The answer is simple, there is hydrogen sulfide and/or sulfur bacteria in the water.
Where is it coming from?
It could be in the water heater, the water softener, the system itself or from a well.
Hydrogen sulfide gas (H2S) can occur in wells anywhere, and gives the water a characteristic “rotten egg” taste or odor.

Gilbert Building Inspector Exceeds Expectations

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This is not my typical post, however I feel if you are going to criticize people for not doing their job, you must also compliment those that meet or exceed your expectations. Today Erik and therefore the Town of Gilbert did just that

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